CUT-AWAY DIAGRAM OF THE SATURN V ROCKET, SIGNED BY FOUR APOLLO ASTRONAUTS, INCLUDING BUZZ ALDRIN
(APOLLO ASTRONAUTS) (ALDRIN, Buzz, et al.). Document signed. Huntsville, Alabama: Boeing, 1972. Cut-away poster measuring 11 by 17 inches. Housed in a custom cloth portfolio. $3500.
Half-tone black-and-white print depicting a cut-away view of the Saturn V rocket as configured during the Apollo project, inscribed by the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin ("AS 506, Apollo XI"), and three other Apollo astronauts with their names and flight numbers: Tom Stafford ("AS 505, Apollo X"), Fred Haise ("AS 508, Apollo XIII") and Edgar Mitchell ("AS 509, Apollo XIV").
Developed under Wernher von Braun's direction, "the three-stage Saturn V was taller than a 36-story building and the largest, most powerful rocket ever successfully launched; 15 of them were built… The first manned Saturn V sent Apollo VIII into lunar orbit in December 1968. After two more missions to test the Lunar Module, a Saturn V launched Apollo 11 to the first manned landing on the Moon… Although a two-stage version of the Saturn V was used to place Skylab in orbit, the rocket was effectively retired at the end of the Apollo program" (David Darling). This print presents a cut-away view of the massive rocket, mounted by the Apollo module; hence the "AS" prefix—"Apollo-Saturn"—for each mission. In addition to Aldrin's signature, the print bears the signatures of Tom Stafford, who commanded the first flight of the lunar module to the Moon on Apollo 10; Fred Haise, lunar module pilot for the ill-fated Apollo XIII and, later, a pilot of the test space shuttle orbiter Enterprise; and Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot for Apollo XIV.
Inoffensive horizontal fold. Fine condition.